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DETROIT, MI - AUGUST 07: Jhonny Peralta #27 of the Detroit Tigers doubles down the left field line in the fourth inning scoring Brennan Boesch #26 during the game against the New York Yankees at Comerica Park on August 7, 2012 in Detroit, Michigan. The Tigers defeated the Yankees 6-5 (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

DETROIT, MI – AUGUST 07: Jhonny Peralta #27 of the Detroit Tigers doubles down the left field line in the fourth inning scoring Brennan Boesch #26 during the game against the New York Yankees at Comerica Park on August 7, 2012 in Detroit, Michigan. The Tigers defeated the Yankees 6-5 (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

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DETROIT (AP) _ Miguel Cabrera homered and drove in three runs,
and the Detroit Tigers held off the New York Yankees 6-5 on Tuesday
night for their sixth straight victory.

New York scored twice off closer Jose Valverde in the ninth
inning and had runners at second and third when Curtis Granderson
popped up for the final out. The AL East leaders have lost 12 of
18.

Cabrera has moved into the MVP race by hitting .333 since the
All-Star break with 11 homers and 24 RBIs in 24 games. Andy Dirks
added three hits and two RBIs for the Tigers, who are chasing the
first-place White Sox in the AL Central.

Rick Porcello (9-6) picked up the win, allowing three runs and
eight hits in 6 2-3 innings. He struck out three and didn’t walk a
batter.

Porcello is 3-0 with a 2.03 ERA in his last four home starts
against the Yankees. Three relievers finished, with Valverde
staggering to his 22nd save in 26 tries.

Ichiro Suzuki hit an RBI single with two outs in the ninth and
Russell Martin followed with a run-scoring double to left. Suzuki
was held at third, however, and Granderson popped out to first.

Phil Hughes (11-9) struggled after dominating the Tigers the
previous time he faced them. After tossing a four-hitter on June 3,
he lasted just 4 1-3 innings this time, giving up four runs and
eight hits.

The game was scoreless until Eric Chavez’s two-run homer for the
Yankees in the fourth. Chavez had three hits against Justin
Verlander on Monday.

Cabrera made it 2-1 with a line drive into the left-field stands
in the bottom of the inning. The homer was his 19th at Comerica
Park, tying the stadium record he set in 2008 and matched in 2009.
Jhonny Peralta made it 2-all with a two-out double off Hughes.

Cabrera chased Hughes with a two-run double in the fifth, and
Andy Dirks’ run-scoring double gave the Tigers a three-run lead in
the next inning.

Suzuki’s RBI double pulled the Yankees to 5-3, but Dirks
restored the three-run cushion with an RBI single in the eighth.

NOTES: Jeter’s fourth-inning single was his first hit against
Porcello in 14 career at-bats. … Detroit’s batting practice was
televised, and Cabrera and Prince Fielder put on a show for the
viewers. Cabrera hit a homer off the Al Kaline statue above the
stands in right-center, while Fielder hit a ball into the Wildcat
Bleachers on the second deck in left. Neither location has ever
been reached during a game. … The game was delayed briefly after
Chavez hit reliever Cody Eppley in the head with a throw from
third. Eppley was in the process of catching a toss from the plate
umpire and didn’t see Chavez’s throw. He was checked by the
Yankees’ training staff, but laughed it off.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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